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Soapy water garden spray is the most basic and simple organic garden spray that you can make at home. It often serves as a base to other garden sprays, or it can be used on its own. Soapy water can be enough to kill some pest insects when sprayed directly on them.
- 16g / 1/2oz pure soap powder
- 2 litres /67 fl.oz water
- Purchase soap powder. Check that it is pure and does not contain chemical additives.
- Mix the soap powder and water together.
- Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle.
- Use immediately. There is no point storing this spray mixture - discard unwanted mixture down the drain.
- This is a contact pest controlling spray. As such, for it to work it must make contact with the pest insects. The spray works by suffocating the insects by making a film coating around their bodies.
- It works best for ridding plants of caterpillars, aphids, mealy bug and scale.
- It is also possible to use liquid soap to make this solution. Mix 1 - 2 tablespoons liquid soap and 950ml / 1 quart water.
Things You'll Need
- Mixing container
- Spray bottle
Sources and Citations
- ↑ Annie B Bond, Best Ever Garlic Spray for Garden Pests
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